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Polar bear gets lost in Russia, hundreds of miles from home

Apr. 17, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Residents of a village in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula were stunned by the sight of a polar bear prowling for food hundreds of miles from its usual habitat. Russian media reported Wednesday that the exhausted-looking animal apparently traveled from Chukotka to the village of...

Tick, tick, tick: Alaska braces for invading parasites

Apr. 17, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health and wildlife officials are taking steps to prepare for potentially dangerous parasites that could gain a foothold because of Alaska's warming climate. Non-native ticks represent a threat to wildlife and people because they can carry and transmit pathogens, said Micah Hahn,...

For Jay Inslee, a methodical buildup to a long 2020 campaign

Apr. 17, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (AP) — Sit down in New Hampshire for a leading liberal podcast. Tour flood damage in Iowa. Feed some sheep, shoot some hoops, drink local beer in South Carolina. And along the way, hammer home a pledge to combat climate change and "make Donald Trump a blip in history." That's the...

UK climate protesters block roads, glue themselves to train

Apr. 17, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Climate change protesters glued themselves to a train and blocked major London intersections Wednesday, on the third day of a civil disobedience campaign. Three demonstrators were arrested after stopping Docklands Light Railway services at Canary Wharf station. Several others glued themselves...

German minister calls for lower tax on long-distance trains

Apr. 17, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's transport minister is calling for a cut in tax on long-distance train travel to encourage more people to travel by rail and advance climate protection. Andreas Scheuer told Wednesday's edition of mass-circulation daily Bild that value-added tax on long-distance train tickets should...

Pope encourages Swedish campaigner Greta on environment

Apr. 17, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis encouraged Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday to continue her campaign to fight climate change, during a brief meeting at the end of his weekly general audience. Thunberg arrived late and took her seat in the VIP section in St. Peter's...

Teen climate activist warns EU that it's time to panic

Apr. 16, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg says time is running out to halt climate change and she's urging European politicians "to panic." Thunberg told EU lawmakers Tuesday: "I want you to act as if the house is on fire." She said that "if our house was falling apart you...

Riding populist wave, Finns Party nearly wins Finland vote

Apr. 15, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Riding a wave of populism across Europe and campaigning to slow down Finland's efforts to fight climate change, the euroskeptic Finns Party came within 6,800 votes of winning the country's parliamentary election — a result that smashed even the party's own predictions. One newspaper...

Social Democrats, populists top Finland vote ahead of EU's

Apr. 14, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Results from Finland's parliamentary election illustrated the struggle by Europe's traditional political parties to retain supporters, with the center-left Social Democratic Party winning the most votes and followed closely by a populist party that wants to temper national efforts to curb...

The Latest: Populist party amazed by Finland election result

Apr. 14, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on Finland's parliamentary election (all times local): 12:10 a.m. The chairman of the populist Finns Party says he was truly surprised at how his party performed in Finland's parliamentary election. A complete count of votes from Sunday's election had the euroskeptic party...